University of Pretoria Senior Technical Assistant: Medicinal Plant Science – Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

By | April 2, 2021

University of Pretoria Senior Technical Assistant: Medicinal Plant Science – Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

University of Pretoria

Senior Technical Assistant: Medicinal Plant Science – Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

  • Permanent
  • Full Time
  • PEROMNES POST LEVEL 10
  • EE/AA, Non EE/AA
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INTRODUCTION

FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES
SENIOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANT: MEDICINAL PLANT SCIENCE
PEROMNES POST LEVEL 10

RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent will be responsible for duties in the following three Key Performance Areas:
Teaching support:

  • Preparing undergraduate plant biology practicals including the printing and preparation of practical notes and tests
  • Providing support during, and occasionally leading, practicals
  • Preparing honours practicals in Medicinal Plant Science (MPS)
  • Assisting MPS lecturers and students during practical classes;
  • Working together with MPS lecturers to review and redesign practicals annually
  • Assisting with undergraduate course and mark administration
  • Assisting with Plant Physiology/Biotechnology undergraduate laboratory maintenance and management
  • Managing the bookings of undergraduate laboratories, the laboratory apparatus booking sheets and overseeing maintenance schedules

Research Support:

  • Assisting with Medicinal Plant Science laboratory maintenance and management, including maintenance of equipment such as NMR, gas and liquid chromatograph facilities, and other equipment; waste removal, monitoring freezer alarms, chemical storage, etc.
  • Assisting with weekly filling of the NMR with liquid nitrogen (including over holidays and campus closures)
  • Assisting with research activities in the Medicinal Plant Science section of the Department;
  • Providing research support to postgraduate students
  • Co-ordinating Medicinal Plant Science bimonthly floor meetings and taking of minutes
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Administrative duties:

  • Creating orders for laboratory supplies and equipment for staff, postgraduates and undergraduate labs
  • Receiving and controlling ordered supplies
  • Arranging payments of invoices through the UP finance system
  • Acting as departmental representative on the Faculty Occupational Health and Safety committee, First-Aider for laboratories, laboratory toxic chemical management and waste removal.
  • Assisting with departmental marketing activities and departmental events
  • Assisting with administration of short courses, field outings and community engagement.
  • Assisting with asset control
  • Liaising with representatives from laboratory suppliers
  • Handling quotations from staff, postgraduates and undergraduates labs.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • BSc Honours in Medicinal Plant Science or a related field
  • Drivers licence (Code 08)
  • 24 months laboratory experience including laboratory management
  • Experience and enthusiasm for laboratory work (plant-based studies)
  • Experience in plant chemical analysis (LC-MS, GC-MS and NMR)
  • Experience in lab experiment data analysis and statistical analysis
  • Experience in laboratory/greenhouse plant growth and tissue culture
  • Experience in chromatography.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES):

  • Knowledge of the theory of Medical Plant Science and data analysis;
  • Competence in MS Office suite of software;
  • Excellent communication skills.

 

ADDED ADVANTAGES AND PREFERENCES:

  • MSc in in Medicinal Plant Science or related field
  • Three years’ laboratory experience including laboratory management
  • Knowledge of, and training in, health and safety and first aid
  • One year of experience in laboratory practical preparation
  • One year of experience in undergraduate tutoring/demonstrating
  • Experience with procurement and managerial systems
  • One year of experience with the University of Pretoria PeopleSoft Financial system.